Austin Aldama is facing 10 child pornography charges and was released on bond without having to pay the fee
• Austin Aldama, 27, was charged with 10 counts of child pornography, according to court records
• He is the son of Monica Aldama, star of the Netflix show Cheer
• Aldama was released on bond without having to pay the $20,000 bond set per charge
The 27-year-old son of Cheer star Monica Aldama has been accused of possessing child pornography, according to court filings reviewed by PEOPLE.
William Austin Aldama, popularly known as Austin, was arrested on Thursday and charged with several counts of possession or intent to promote child pornography, the Navarro County Sheriff’s Department confirms to PEOPLE.
His bond was set at $20,000 for each of his charges, per court records. He was released on a personal recognizance bond, the sheriff’s department confirms to PEOPLE, which allows a defendant to be released without posting the bond amount under certain conditions.
Austin's mother Monica was the coach of the Navarro College cheer team featured on the Netflix series.
Monica had expressed her horror at Harris' arrest at the time, saying on the Tamron Hall show “it kind of took the breath out of me for a minute,” PEOPLE reported at the time.
"As a parent, I was heartbroken for those affected and, you know, it was definitely one of the major challenges that we faced, just keeping ourselves in a good state of mind, mentally to get through that,” she said in 2022.
It's unclear if Monica has made a public statement since her son's arrest. Her Instagram was updated as recently as Sunday evening, but did not have any mention of Austin's arrest. Her representative was not available for comment when contacted on Monday.
A phone number listed under the emergency contact in the booking report, for one Chris Aldama, was answered by a woman who was unaware of the case or the person. The sheriff’s department said they were unaware about this discrepancy.
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